I have just under a month left until DS's 2nd birthday and this is how far I have managed to get with it so far. One of the front pieces is sewn to the back piece, but the other side and the sleeve aren't as yet. I'm about 1/3 of the way through making the second sleeve as well. So far, I'm really pleased with how it's turning out! I think it should fit him for a long time ytet as well - I sized the pattern for age 2-3 years which he wears already, but this seems pretty big so I'll be pleased if he gets a years use out of it!
Monday, 26 October 2009
Anyway, if you're a regular on my blog, you may have noticed the Facebook fan page link just over there ----> see it? If you click on it, you can become a fan of The Crafty Ninja on Facebook if you aren't already! A few weeks back, I gained my 100th fan - the lovely Kathryn. I offered her a free commission, which she accepted for her mother's birthday. She gave me a little info about her mum - what interests her, etc - and I came up with this:
I have no idea why it's so small, but you can see more pictures of it from after Kathryn received it, her review and a lovely flattering post about me at her own blog Future Queen and her Crafty Ways! A big thank you to Kathryn and everyone who helps support me, you are all fantastic!
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
This is actually a commission for my sister. Though we are both attending our cousin's wedding on Saturday, she asked me to make her a card. She picked up the embellishments and let me know what colour scheme she wanted, so I rustled this up for her! I'm really happy with how it turned out, especially the sheet of polyester laminate on the top to give it that extra professional edge!
And just to say, that now I have discovered how to use Flickr's editing suite and can upload directly to here, I will almost definitely be blogging more often!
EDIT: Oh my word - I may actually have to use this now! How nifty is that? I never realised I could post my pictures directly from flickr to the b log! Of course, I'll have to see if I can get the fancy editing and border tools I've used on Photobucket before now, but wow! Colour me impressed!
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Anyway, my evenings, I usually spend messing around on facebook. It's my vice, I need to quit. But ANYWAY! I have been crafting. A lot. So here's 3 new projects for you to feast your eyes on!
This is my first one. My DD will be leaving nursery in a few weeks to go on to Primary School (*sniff, sniff* Don't get me started on my baby girl going to school already - it's not true, I won't admit to it *sob*). Ahem, excuse me, sorry. So I rustled up this thankyou card from some freebies in a magazine - but the arrangements and ideas just sort of came to me. I'm really pleased with this one.
These next two are for my older sisters birthday, I don't see her very often but my dad wanted me to pick up a card for her from him too. Pick up a card, me? Screw that, I'll damn well make it myself! I'm really pleased with this first one. I had barely any ideas, they just all came together. I actually had the decoration ideas made up beforehand - then when I looked in my card blanks and found one that was almost the exact colour of the detail - yeah, exactly!
I rushed this one really. I don't know, I just had run out of inspiration for one night. Maybe one card a night is my limit, maybe I will build it up as I get more experience. I don't know, but this is going to have to be labelled: "It'll do".
So hopefully this crafty bug will stay with me for a while and I'll be able to show some more of my creations much more regularly!
Oh and as a last note, I got a brand new 10mp camera recently too, so hopefully my photo quality will be a bit better than has been before!
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
And now, teamed with this [the left front panel]
Shold look a little something like this:
I am now working on the first sleeve, which is the same kind of yarn, but in a contrasting colourway to set off the raglan pattern. Keep watching as I update with more pictures soon!
Monday, 25 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
You can't tell so much, but the wings have been coloured in with pens too. My brother said his friend would love it - the word he used was "perfect", which made me a little proud :)
The next commision hasn't been started yet, but the other friend is 'girly emo' - so watch this space!
Friday, 24 April 2009
After we'd finished, the kids and I set off to town where we had lunch and DD was an angel! We were about to go home, but I felt like I needed to do one more thing, so I told DD I wanted to look in a charity shop and asked her which one we should go to. "The one next to McDonald's!" she told me, so we set off towards the British Heart Foundation.
As she was looking at the toys, I spied a charity sack with some writing on it. "4 for £1" it said. I peeked inside the bag to find it was about half full of different sized balls of yarn, different colours, mostly acrylic, but almost every ball had maybe scraps taken from it - some were clearly old and some were brand new. I asked the lady behind the desk how much for the whole bag. She phoned her manager on the intercom and I was shocked at the reply. "£4 for the bag"! Needless to say, I snapped the whole lot up!
And here is the mega stash in all its glory!
That's TWENTY-SIX separate balls in total. You can NOT say that's not a bargain if you ever saw one! Now, what to make...
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
This is the one I made for him:
The basics are all bits cut out from kits and various ready made papers, except the bits inside the "pocket" - the pen and mobile phone are cut from scraps of black card and the detail on the phone is cut from plain white paper and hand drawn on by me.
And DD wanted to make a card too, so she chose the colours and I let her pick from my birthday appropriate peel-offs. She stuck them all on herself, though I arranged the letters on the table in the correct order for her. I'm very pleased with her effort!
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Well, this is my apology. I'm a rubbish blogger and just kept forgetting and when I finally remembered, I realised I'd lent my camera to a friend so couldn't take photo's of my outgoing swaps.
However - I really enjoyed both swaps, and now I present to you, my received items from blottedcopybook's Time for Tea Swap. Many apologies to Vonnie who writes that blog as she's been chasing me for ages to blog this but I'm so forgetful. But I'm emailing her as soon as I post this blog up!
My swap partner was Fiona from Scotland [who I believe doesn't have her own blog] and she sent me the above delights - as well as some lovely scottish wafers, which aren't in the pic because my DD and I scoffed them before I got the box home *greedy*. But the items you can see include some lovely patterned paper for my cards, some cupcake shaped stickers, a pack of pink napkins with cupcakes on them, a blue mug, a box of Scottish blend tea [pyramid bags! Oh and the box is empty by this point, the tea was delicious!], a handmade cupcaked-shaped felt pin badge and a handmade miniature felt cup of tea on a keyring!
In my personal life, I am finally starting to get really organised, so hopefully I will be able to keep up with my blog a lot more efficiently!
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Firstly, I picked up some wallpaper offcuts from the local DIY store, including a disney princess border. I put one of them into a frame to go onto my 4 year old daughter's bedroom wall.
I also bought a cheap scrapbook from a pound shop - it looked a bit bland so I decorated it up and am going to work on filling it soon. Here's the cover:
And on a book-cover-designing kick, I designed the front cover of a notebook for my daughter as well. What little girl doesn't like, flowers, hearts, pink and GLITTER!!??
I also picked up my knit-sticks again, to make "Little Chuckles" from Issue 27 of Simply knitting Magazine. I have completed a bit more of this now, but here's an earlier WIP photo:
Call it a commission if you will, except I'm not getting paid for it ;) My sister asked me to make a card for a 3 year old girl and I rustled up this!
Anyway, very sorry for not keeping up to date with this. I've been very busy with numerous swaps, mainly Blottedcopybook's Time for Tea swap and the Secret Easter Chick Swap Which is being run by the lovely Incy @Incywincystitches - both of which will be blogged after their intended recipients receive them!
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
February 14th was of course Valentine's Day and I created this card for the boyfriend. It wasn't my best piece of work, but the whole thing was my own idea and everything except the backing paper on the inside was hand-drawn/coloured - so it was actually almost 100% handmade. I was pleased with it anyway and I got some pretty good feedback from it.
It was also my best friend's birthday on the 13th. I haven't actually given him this card yet, so I hope he doesn't read this regularly ;) Being a guy, this card took some thought but I really liked the outcome, I hope he does too.
I decided to make a donation to the Crafter...oo Comic Relief Shop at Folksy where all items are handmade by members of the Crafter...oo Craft Forums and all money made from the sales of these items goes to Comic Relief. The following submission was sold last week, but I shall be adding at least one more card to it in the near future, so watch this space!
Please check out the shop and donate to a very worthwhile cause!
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I was in the middle of making him a crocheted cow toy as well, but only got this far:
[That's the head and snout, by the way!]
I also crocheted myself a bracelet - nothing special. Originally, i was following a pattern for some baby bootees but I realised it was going to be far too big, so I finished it there and Voila! A bracelet!
Now I'm concentrating on Valentine's projects and experimenting with heat embossing, stamping, etc. Here's some of the forementioned experiments: